According to reports, Peter Dunne has withdrawn his support for the Electoral Finance Bill at the last minute.
Mr Dunne said over recent weeks it had become clear that many New Zealanders had deep unease about the bill and he had been contacted by hundreds of people.
New Zealanders had gone beyond caring about its contents, they simply mistrusted it and saw it has a case of political utu, he said
“Legislation perceived in that way cannot suceed,” Mr Dunne told the House in the leadup to the final vote.
Full marks to John Boscawen. That’s the sign of a successful disinformation campaign: repeat the same slander enough times and the perception becomes the reality.
The bill will still pass easily, but this shows how much of a shallow PR game modern politics has become.